Blues defeat Oilers, extend home point streak to 10


ST. LOUIS — Vladimir Tarasenko and Jordan Kyrou each had a goal and two assists for the St. Louis Blues in a 4-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Enterprise Center on Wednesday.

Defenseman Torey Krug had two assists, and Jordan Binnington made 26 saves for the Blues (18-9-5), who are 9-0-1 in their past 10 home games. The game was St. Louis’ first since a 4-2 loss at the Winnipeg Jets on Dec. 19.

Leon Draisaitl and Evan Bouchard scored, and Mike Smith made 29 saves for Edmonton (18-12-0) in his first game since Oct. 19. Smith missed the past 26 games with an ankle injury. The Oilers were playing for the first time since a 5-3 win at the Seattle Kraken on Dec. 18.

Robert Thomas made it 1-0 at 4:03 of the first period finishing off a 2-on-0 with Tarasenko. He missed the past seven games with a lower-body injury.

Kyrou made it 2-0 in his first game back after missing the past four with an upper-body injury. The Blues forward cut around Oilers defenseman Dmitri Samorukov inside the blue line, then beat Smith with a wrist shot to the glove hand at 6:59.

Draisaitl made it 2-1 just 32 seconds later when he beat Binnington with a wrister from the high slot after cutting in off the right wall.

Bouchard tied it 2-2 at 11:49 of the second period on a shot from inside the right circle through a screen.

Tarasenko gave the Blues a 3-2 lead at 15:46, set up by Kyrou through the middle of the ice before going from his backhand to his forehand to score over Smith’s blocker.

Brandon Saad‘s power-play goal 16 seconds into the third period, a rebound off a David Perron one-timer from the left circle, made it a 4-2 final.

Blues forward Pavel Buchnevich was a late scratch with a non-COVID related illness.

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